Spanning Blog

Welcome to our blog featuring thought leadership and best practices on SaaS backup and recovery, data protection and security, and regular product updates for Spanning Backup for Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce.

5 Steps to Take Now to Reduce Data Loss Risk When Employees Leave

The most common scenario risk of human-based data loss is when employees leave an organization, either willingly or unwillingly. And that is cause for concern for an IT manager or system administrator. Here are the 5 steps to take now to reduce the risk of data loss when an employee leaves.


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Learning Held Hostage – How to Prepare for and Prevent Data Loss Due to Ransomware

At the beginning of 2018, the FBI and the Department of Education Inspector General revealed that hackers had tried to sell over 100 million private records from almost 100 schools and businesses as of the end of last year. 100 million records seems like a lot, but when you consider that more than 63 percent of organizations experienced an attempted ransomware attack in 2017, with 22 percent reporting these incidents occurred on a weekly basis, it’s easy to see how pervasive and far-reaching the threat of ransomware is.


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Simplifying the 3-2-1 Rule for Data Protection in the Age of the Cloud

The 3-2-1 rule has historically been the industry’s golden rule for managing backups. IT teams, however, are beginning to wonder whether those legacy practices are overkill in the age of cloud and SaaS applications. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the origins of that rule, hear what Spanning’s Director of Products has to say about it, and explore ways to streamline the 3-2-1 rule while minimizing data loss risks.


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What CEOs and CFOs Should Know: The 7 Costs of SaaS Data Loss

Data protection and recovery are not just problems for the IT department. As organizations large and small seek advantages by adopting cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, they face new risks to business continuity that affect all departments. In addition to the Chief Technology Officer (CTO), senior executives all the way up to the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) need to understand these risks, as they affect all departments and aspects of a business. Read this article to learn how data loss risk has changed since the advent of SaaS, and the seven ways organizations can win by not losing SaaS data.


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Data Disaster Averted: Nonprofit Tales from the Front

Let’s face it, data loss is going to happen, whether through simple staff or volunteer mistakes or malicious intent, but it’s what happens after that loss that’s important. With Spanning Backup for G Suite, Office 365 or Salesforce in place, nonprofits can find and restore their data the way it was, and get everyone back to work quickly. Our solutions perform automated, daily, cloud-to-cloud backups of your data and store the backup data in a private and secure sector of the cloud, so you don’t have to worry about data loss. But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s a quick look at what what some of our nonprofit clients have to say about the benefits of having a cloud-to-cloud SaaS backup and restore solution in place.


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Google Vault and Spanning Backup: Two Great Products. Two Different Purposes.

When considering options for data backup, G Suite Admins often investigate Vault as a potential solution or assume that their current use of the app covers all their backup and recovery needs. Here we explain the core capabilities of Vault and how it differs from a true backup and recovery solution like Spanning Backup for G Suite.


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SaaS Data Protection Trends in the Tech Industry

As we enter into the third quarter of 2018, the Spanning data security, product and engineering teams took stock of how the year is shaping up for organizations in terms of SaaS data backup and restore. Here are the five key ideas, trends and predictions from the Spanning team so you can make the most out of the second half of 2018 for you, your organization and your customers.


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Why Microsoft Requiring Multi-Factor Authentication for Privileged Accounts is a Good Thing

On June 22, 2018, Microsoft announced a public preview of a new security policy which will enable multi-factor authentication (or MFA) for Azure Active Directory “privileged accounts” (or administrator accounts), including most Office 365 admin accounts. After the preview, they will automatically opt these accounts into the policy by default, adding a much needed layer of security to these accounts. Spanning Backup for Office 365’s Sr. Product Manager Andy Rouse explains why this is a good thing in his newest blog post.


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3 Power User Tips for Google SysAdmins: Go Beyond Backup With Spanning

Not all G Suite Systems administrators are aware of Google’s data protection gaps, but if you’re already a Spanning customer, thankfully you’ve got that covered. However, whether you’re a Spanning Backup customer yet or not, in this blog you will find three power user tips to go beyond backup and help save you time. And if you are a customer, these tips will help you make the most of your Spanning Backup subscription.


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Your Quick Guide to Navigating Google’s Biggest Conference

Next week, Google hosts NEXT ‘18. Designed with inspiration from the iconic World’s Fair, it’s an exhibition like no other. Plan for entertainment, come for the innovation, stay for the education, and leave with inspiration. Read this update to prepare you for one of the most thrilling weeks of your life.


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